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1984 Research Paper
Your research paper will merge your understanding of the novel 1984 with a contemporary political interest. You will have multiple topics to choose from. You will research your topic using 1984 as your primary source along with many other secondary sources, and you will construct a well-organized research paper with an arguable thesis.
Topics for consideration:
After an examination of the policies of America's Homeland Security and the Patriot Act:
- Compare America's culture of fear regarding terrorism post 9/11 to Oceania's culture of fear. You will argue that our fear is justified and any and all measures should be taken to protect American citizens -or- it is not justified and public policy overreaches in its efforts thereby violating the right to privacy of American citizens.
- Privacy issues that Americans face today. You will argue along the lines that Americans have willingly sacrificed their privacy or not. This will include some comparison to the culture of 1984.
- Compare issues of contemporary surveillance, police brutality, intimidation, and corruption to the Party's policies. This is extremely timely given the proliferation of high profile cases in the news. You will argue in support of either police or their measures or in support of possible victims of such actions.